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News for both membership and the general public.

Final Conference Program Now Available

The Conference Program for the Annual Hawaiian Archaeology is now available here.

Vote on Archaeology Week Poster!

Vote for your favorite Archaeology Week poster design by sending an email to Maria Orr ( Please do not auto-respond to the SHA list.

We have limited time, so all votes must be in by 3 pm Thursday, Sept 18. Note, final editing and addition of sponsor logos will occur after selection.

If you or your firm would like to help sponsor the winning poster, let Maria know and we will be in touch.

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Option 2

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Archaeology Week Resources Guide

October 4, 2014

O’ahu Nui Stone and Kūkaniloko Birth Stones Site Visits

Meet at O’ahu Nui Stone (Waikakalaua Gulch – small park on right) at 10:00am for a brief history of the significance of the O’ahu Nui Stone; then drive to Kūkaniloko Birth Stones site (birthplace of ruling chiefs – across Whitmore Avenue) for an interpretive overview by Kahu Tom Lenchanko.

Bring water and snacks, bug spray, comfortable clothes and mats/chairs for seating at Kūkaniloko. No toilet facilities available at Kūkaniloko.

kaluaaahu directions: (Oahu Nui)

“X” marks the basketball court where we will meet. H-2 freeway to Wahiawa, take exit 7 to the intersection at Leilehua golf course road and turn right onto
Kahelu Ave and take the first right onto Wikao Ave. Follow along Wikao Ave past the Launani Valley sign, the basketball court will be on the right, we’ll meet
at the stairway between the basketball and tennis courts at 10am, Saturday October 04, 2014. Thomas Lenchanko’s contact number is 808-349-9949.

Oahu Nui

October 5, 2014
Kaniakapūpū Service Day (Kamehameha III Summer Palace)

Meet at BOW lily pond (Old Pali Rd) at 9:00am; 1.5hr tour of the area learning the history of the ahupua’a, Kaniakapūpū, and La Ho’iho’i Ea from Kahu Kaho’ōla; then plant ti, remove weeds from structure; followed by making pu’ohe (bamboo trumpet instrument) from bamboo in the area.

Bring water and snacks, bug spray, comfortable clothes and hiking shoes. No toilet facilities available.

kapaahuawa directions: (Kukaniloko)

“X” marks the access roadway from Kamehameha Hwy. H-2 freeway exit 8 through Wahiawa town and turn left at the intersection of Kamehameha Hwy and
Whitmore Ave. We should be onsite at 11am, following our kaluaaahu visit at 10am. Thomas Lenchanko’s contact number is 808-349-9949. No comfort station onsite. We may open
the aha iwaho and afford parking along the access up to the aha iloko…


October 8, 2014

A cultural Landscapes Excursion to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center, followed by a field outing to Kaunolū and Hi‘i on the Island of Lāna‘i.

(A day trip hosted by Pūlama Lāna‘i Culture & Historic Preservation Branch Staff).

If people are traveling from Honolulu, they should plan to catch the first flight which leaves around 6 a.m., and return to O’ahu on the flight that departs around 3:30 p.m. (Island Air). If the group is between 10 to 15 pax, Pūlama Lāna‘i  can handle ground transportation.

Participants should bring appropriate clothing and shoes for a walk through section of thorned kiawe overgrowth, sun block, and any supplies necessary for health or personal care. I will also need to request that each participant sign a liability waiver for the land owner. The Kaunolū will require a medium physical capacity, with the ability to walk on slopes.

Please contact the following for more information or to RSVP:

Kepā Maly
Senior Vice President Culture & Historic Preservation
Pūlama Lāna‘i
Tel 808.565.3308|

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Top– aerial overview of the Keālia Kapu – Kaunolū Heritage Complex

Center – residents recalling early plantation memories at the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center.

Bottom– section of the Hi’i dryland agricultural heiau complex

Archaeology Week

What Is Archaeology Week?
Archaeology Week is a national program to promote the preservation of our country’s heritage. Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week is sponsored by the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and is observed in October to integrate with SHA’s annual conference. Each year, the SHA publishes an Archaeology Week Poster using contributions from state and federal agencies and member donations, and also makes available a comprehensive online Archaeology Week Resources Guide. The posters are distributed to local, state, and federal agencies and private entities to help promote the preservation of Hawai’i’s archaeological heritage.

Archaeology Week Volunteers and Participants
Make Archaeology Week a Statewide celebration by having an event or activity on your island that highlights the fascinating things we learn from archaeology.

• Ask your County or certified local government to recognize the second week of October of each year as Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week as part of a statewide effort to encourage respect, appreciation and a better understanding of Hawaiʻi’s diverse cultural heritage. Present each council or board member with a poster.
• CRM firms are encouraged to have an open house or create a display from recent work that can be placed in a public area.
• Arrange a talk at a public forum in your town; give a show–and–tell at a local school.
• Create a display for a local library, school, a mall, town hall or other public forum. Is the poster you created for an SHA poster session usable?
• Organize an essay contest (for example, “Why is knowledge about the past important to us now?”) or create a bookmark contest at local schools, focused on archaeology. Possible prizes: cash; a book about archaeology; tickets to a museum (ask a museum to donate them); something the school suggests (tickets to homecoming? Prom?). Consider allowing a winner to visit a site where you are working.
• Contact a local museum and volunteer to help with a display.
• Help your local library display archaeology or Hawai’i Heritage books.
• Work with a local organization like Girl or Boy Scouts to do something like the above projects.
• Please put any on–going events (visiting speakers, open–houses) on the SHA Archaeology Week Calendar. Contact the Co-Chairs to put an event on the Archaeology Week Calendar.
• Get the event listed in the local newspaper calendar, and the public radio and TV calendars.
• Write an article for the local newspaper.

Contact the Archaeology Week Co-Chairs
If you have a question or comment or would like to put an event on the Archaeology Week Calendar [link to page], please contact Maria “Kaimi” Orr, Archaeology Week Chair, at, or Theresa K. Donham, Co-chair, at


Conference Registration Now Available!

Registration for the 2014 conference is now available here!

Archaeology Week Poster Competition Deadline is Aug. 31

The SHA Archaeology Week Poster Competition Deadline is on August 31.  Archaeology Week has been defunct for many years and the SHA is asking for your kokua.  Would you please consider submitting a poster idea?

Imagine an inspiring scene for our SHA Archaeology Week poster and win a SHA individual membership for one year!  Posters must follow the theme for the 2014 SHA annual conference, which is “Hilo ‘ia ke aho o ka ‘ike: Na kākou ke kuleana e noi‘i noelo aku i ka ‘ike kupuna (Braided are the cords of knowledge: It is our responsibility to search for ancestral wisdom).”  Poster designs must be 18 x 24 inches in size and can have either a portrait or landscape orientation.

Selection of the winning poster design will be based on an initial sketch and concept description, which are dueAugust 31, 2014. Please submit entries either electronically or in hard copy (call for the address) to Maria “Kaimi” Orr, Archaeology Week Chair, at (808) 375-3317, or Theresa K. Donham, Co-chair, at Please be sure to provide contact information so we can confirm receipt of your materials.

Mahalo nui loa for your consideration,


SHA Public Relations Chair

Call for Papers for 2014 SHA Conference

Call for Papers now open!  Visit the following link for more information:

GS-0193-09 Archeologist Position at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

This position is located in the Resource Management Division at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on the Island of Hawaii. The incumbent will carry out a range of duties in support of cultural resource management in one or more park units in West Hawaii where cultural and archeological resources are predominant. The incumbent will coordinate and implement cultural resource projects based on knowledge of Hawaiian history, pre-contact history, and knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of archeology and cultural resource management in the Hawaiian Islands. Please use the following link for more information and applying for the position.

SHA Workshop on Identification of Faunal and Human Remains

The Society for Hawaiian Archaeology will be holding the second in its series of workshops meant to update member’s knowledge of current practices and thinking on topics important to conducting archaeology in Hawai‘i and elsewhere.

Title: Identification of Faunal and Human Remains

Presenters: Tim Rieth and Adam Lauer, International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. (IARII)

Date and Time: April 4, 2014 (Friday), 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Location: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Dean Hall, Room 210 (Archeology Lab)

Parking: Suggestion: Find street parking if possible. It is cheaper than on campus parking cost at $6.00

Registration: Send Email to: Room Limited to 20 People due to lab workstations
First 20 members registering will receive confirmation emails; others will be notified that the workshop is full and put on waiting list if requested.

Note: Food and Beer: There will be a food and beer gathering after the presentation to encourage further discussion among participating members (supplies are not infinite). Location will be announced later.

Check SHA Website: When possible, information presented or distributed during presentations will be made available on the SHA website.

Please let us know if there are other topics you would like to see addressed in future workshops or if you would like to be a presenter or coordinator on a particular topic (i.e., multiple discussants on a single topic).

Opening for Two Limited/Full-Time Cultural Resources Technicians at RCUH


CULTURAL RESOURCES TECHNICIAN (PTA) – ID# 14005.  Two (2) Regular, Full-Time, Limited-Term (nine (9) to twelve (12) months in duration), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU) performing project tasks on land controlled by U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on the Island of Hawaii.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.

Duties:  Provides day-to-day support in implementing the Island of Hawaii Cultural Resource Program Scope of Work (SOW).  Serves as PCSU-PTA Cultural Resources Technician to perform assigned tasks to implement programs developed by the Cultural Resources Program Manager U.S. Army Hawaii (USARHAW).  Works to support of all fieldwork, including accompanying cultural accesses, monitoring, pedestrian survey, data collection and input, and coordination of assigned tasks/projects.  Becomes familiar with installation plans, undertakings, and cultural studies and inventories. Works in areas with Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) with professional Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) supervision.

Primary Qualifications: 
Education/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Archaeology, Cultural Resources Management, or related field.

Experience:  Field school or at least three (3) months experience in archaeological fieldwork, ethnography, or similar experience.

Abil/Know/Skills:  Knowledge of cultural history preferably of Hawaiian and /or Pacific Islands. Ability to use compass, maps, and GPS. Computer literate in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Must possess a valid driver’s license and personal automobile insurance. Additional software knowledge includes familiarity with ArcGIS software or similar.

Physical/Medical Requirements:  Works under strenuous and extreme outdoor conditions. Able to hike up to ten (10) miles per day with backpack weighing up to forty (40) pounds, and camp in remote and rugged areas for periods of several days.  May be required to camp for up to four (4) days at a time. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must pass a post-offer physical exam within two (2) weeks of hire or may be subject to termination.  Subsequent periodic exams may be required by the employer.  Respirator medical clearance and fitting is required.  All reasonable accommodations will be made based on fitness for duty.  Medical costs will be paid for by the employer.

Post Offer/Employment Conditions:  Must provide a copy of driver’s abstract without citations that will prevent incumbent from driving on Department of Defense (DoD) installations. Must be able to pass a DoD security check for employment as an Army contractor. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months of hire).  Must complete online forty (40) hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training within two (2) weeks of hire or may be subject to termination. Must complete UXO training within six (6) months of hire as job duties will require work in UXO areas. May be selected for additional duties such as use of helicopters but must be certified and be approved by PCSU/RCUH prior to activity.  For helicopter use must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course.

Monthly Salary Range:  $2,105-$3,266/Mon.

Inquiries:  Ana Tejeda 969-3340 (Hawaii) or  Application Requirements: Please go to, click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344.  Closing Date: January 28, 2014.  EEO/AA Employer.